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Pretty in Pink

Observed: 30th June 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
IMG_1452_Violet-marked_Darter
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It's that farm site in southern France again. While I was engaged trying to help another pair of campers solve an electrical issue, my lucky wife spotted "what looked like a Scarlet Darter but was pink". Trick of the light, she thought.
No, this just has to be a Violet-marked Darter - or Violent Dropwing, as I'm told Dave Smallshire calls it :D - and it must be right on the edge of the range shown in Dijkstra/Lewington.
AND I MISSED SEEING IT!! (Weep, sob, sob.) We never saw one again.

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RoyW's picture

???

"No, this just has to be a Violet-marked Darter - or Violent Dropwing, as I'm told Dave Smallshire calls it :D"

Surel you mean Violet Dropwing - they're not that agressive!

jccurd's picture

No ...

... I was in communication with Nick Ransdale in France who knows Dave and it is apparently Dave's little joke to call them "violent". Just playing with words. :D

RoyW's picture

Fair enough!

I wonder how that came about? Perhaps someone mis-heard the name, and Dave found it amusing so carried on using it!